2017-18Regular SeasonRound 17
January 12, 2018 CET: 18:30
Local time: 20:30 SINAN ERDEM DOME.

Dragic leads Efes past Zvezda in high-scoring thriller

Anadolu Efes Istanbul overcame Crvena Zvezda mts Belgrade 104-95 in a highly entertaining battle at Sinan Erdem Dome on Friday. Efes repeatedly pulled away to double-digit leads but Zvezda always fought back until the final stages, when the home team’s last big offensive surge proved enough to seal its second win in three games. Efes improves to 5-12, two wins behind Zvezda at 7-10. Six home team players scored in double figures, led by Zoran Dragic (24 points) and Errick McCollom (20). Bryant Dunston combined 13 points with 7 rebounds, Brock Motum and debutant Toney Douglas added 12 points apiece, Krunoslav Simon netted 11 and Derrick Brown scored 10. Efes had eight different players sharing a season-high 21 assists. Milko Bjelica led Zvezda with 15 points and 6 rebounds, Taylor Rochestie scored 14 and Nikola Jovanovic added 13. Mathias Lessort scored 11 and Dejan Davidovac added 10.

Big men Bjelica and Dunston exchanged early two-pointers, and baskets were evenly traded during the opening quarter, with Motum exploding a big slam and Dunston adding a three-point play while James Feldeine netted a triple and scored from close range for Zvezda. Motum’s corner three and Simon’s driving layup kept Efes ahead, but only until Nemanja Dangubic nudged the visitors back in front. Brown responded for Efes, Bjelica drove the baseline to slam but Simon scored again and it was 22-21 at the end of the first. Branko Lazic started the second quarter with a triple, but Dragic did likewise and more lead changes ensued before Dragic gave Efes daylight from downtown and then made it 35-28 with a jumper and one. Lessort tipped in to get Zvezda back on the board after a 10-0 Efes run, but Brown’s free throws and a Douglas layup delivered a double-digit lead. Brown slammed, Dunston dunked a put-back and Dragic drove for a smooth layup as Efes continued to motor, but triples from Rochestie and Davidovac kept Zvezda in contention. A three-point play from Rochestie reduced the deficit to single figures, and after a flurry of free throws it was 50-46 at the break, with Zvezda ending the half on a 1-10 run.

Efes took the lead back up to 10 points early in the second half as Motum and McCollom both made triples, Dunston threw down a big slam and Dragic finished a reverse layup. But Stefan Jankovic and Jovanovic kept Zvezda in the hunt with strong offense in the paint, and it was 71-69 after Dylan Ennis drove to score and Lessort dunked to cap a 2-10 run. Douglas converted a three-pointer and Davidovac netted a jumper, before Simon hit another triple as the third quarter ended 77-71. McCollom’s three-point play extended the lead at the start of the fourth and Brown’s transition dunk made it 82-71, but Ennis hit back with a triple and James Feldeine netted a put-back to tighten the gap. A pair of baskets from McCollom protected Efes’s lead to force Zvezda into timeout with an 88-81 deficit midway through the final period. A slam from Lessort was cancelled out by free throws from Motum and Dragic, who then hit a triple for a 95-83 edge. A 0-7 spurt capped by Bjelica’s triple gave Zvezda fresh hope, but Douglas sank free throws and Dragic took the score past 100 to seal the deal for Efes.

Zoran Dragic - Anadolu Efes Istanbul - EB17
Friday, January 12, 2018
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Referees: PEREZ PEREZ, MIGUEL (ESP), GKONTAS, SPIROS (GRE), BALAK, AMIT (ISR)
Attendance: 2682
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Anadolu Efes Istanbul22282727
Crvena Zvezda mts Belgrade21252524
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Anadolu Efes Istanbul225077104
Crvena Zvezda mts Belgrade21467195
Anadolu Efes Istanbul
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
3 MCCOLLUM, ERRICK 34:44 20 5/7 1/4 7/8 1 3 4 2 1     2 3 7 23
5 BROWN, DERRICK 17:56 10 3/7 0/1 4/4 1 1 2 1         2 2 8
8 BATUK, BIRKAN 8:53     0/1     1 1     1     1 1 -1
10 BITIM, ONURALP DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
11 DEMIR, BERK DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
12 MOTUM, BROCK 22:56 12 1/3 2/3 4/4   1 1 1   1   1 2 2 9
15 STIMAC, VLADIMIR 9:22 2 0/1   2/2 1 2 3 1   1   1 1 2 4
22 MUSTAFA, MUHAYMIN DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
23 DOUGLAS, TONEY 24:29 12 2/3 1/2 5/6   3 3 4   2     4 5 15
30 DRAGIC, ZORAN 26:39 24 4/4 3/3 7/7 2 1 3 4   1     1 5 34
42 DUNSTON, BRYANT 30:49 13 5/9   3/5 3 4 7 4 1   2   3 4 22
44 SIMON, KRUNOSLAV 24:12 11 4/6 1/3     2 2 4 1 1     5 2 10
Team             1 1     1          
Totals 200:00 104 24/40 8/17 32/36 8 19 27 21 3 8 2 4 22 30 124
        60% 47.1% 88.9%
Head coach: ATAMAN, ERGIN
Min: Minutes played; Pts: Points; 2FG M-A: 2-point Field Goals (Made-Attempted); 3FG M-A: 3-point Field Goals (Made-Attempted); FT M-A: Free Throws (Made-Attempted); Rebounds: O (Offensive), D (Defensive), T (Total); As: Assists; St: Steals; To: Turnovers; Bl: Blocks (Fv: In Favor / Ag: Against); Fouls: Cm (Commited), Rv (Received); PIR: Performance Index Rating
Crvena Zvezda mts Belgrade
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
5 RADICEVIC, NIKOLA DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
6 DANGUBIC, NEMANJA 27:17 8 1/2 2/5   1 1 2 1 1 1     3 2 6
7 DAVIDOVAC, DEJAN 17:43 10 1/4 1/1 5/6 1 3 4 2 1   1   2 4 16
10 LAZIC, BRANKO 12:35 2   0/1 2/2   1 1           3 1  
12 ANTIC, PERO DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
14 FELDEINE, JAMES 23:27 8 2/7 1/5 1/2 1 2 3 3   1   1 2 2 2
16 JANKOVIC, STEFAN 10:56 9 3/5 1/1   3 1 4     2 1 1 4 1 6
22 ROCHESTIE, TAYLOR 28:31 14 5/6 1/6 1/1       4   1     3 3 11
26 LESSORT, MATHIAS 24:59 11 5/10   1/2 4 1 5 1   1 2   4 4 12
31 ENNIS, DYLAN 10:35 5 1/2 1/1         1   1     4 1 1
32 JOVANOVIC, NIKOLA 14:35 13 6/8   1/2 2 2 4           3 1 12
51 BJELICA, MILKO 29:22 15 5/6 1/2 2/4 1 5 6 3 1       2 3 22
Team           3 1 4               4
Totals 200:00 95 29/50 8/22 13/19 16 17 33 15 3 7 4 2 30 22 92
        58% 36.4% 68.4%
Head coach: ALIMPIJEVIC, DUSAN

Head Coaches

ATAMAN, ERGIN
Anadolu Efes Istanbul
“We played great basketball tonight on offense. We played with two point guards, Errick McCollom and Toney Douglas, and that helped with the organisation of our offense. We tried to attack Taylor Rochestie who we know has trouble on defense, we moved the ball well with good shot selection, we scored 104 points, a season-high, but the most important thing is assists – the first time this season we had more than 20. On defense we had some problems but Red Star play great basketball, they came here after some good roads wins, so this was a good victory and I hope we will continue. This week we had time to practice for four days on our offensive system, especially playing with two point guards, so we had better organisation and now we need to work on defense. Tonight we didn’t have a good contribution from Vladimir Stimac but he’s a great player and will make a contribution for us. I think we’ll be a good team for the rest of the season. We are mentally ready, we made good practices during the week and the players want to win. They know they lost badly in Belgrade in the first game and congratulations to the players because they showed us a good game with good teamwork.”
ALIMPIJEVIC, DUSAN
Crvena Zvezda mts Belgrade
“104 points is a lot to allow. It doesn’t matter if you score 95, we didn’t deserve to win this game. One of their players scored ‘and one’ plays four times. We must continue to learn a few things, especially from games like this. So many bad moments, bad one-on-one defense, stupid fouls. We had 30 fouls and I think 22 or 23 of them were stupid fouls, giving them free throws. Pero Antic had a small foot injury and we decided it’s better for him not to play in this game.”

Players

DRAGIC, ZORAN
Anadolu Efes Istanbul

“I feel great, I’m happy we won the game, that’s the most important thing. We played good defense, controlled the ball the whole game and got the win. We want to share the ball, if we pass to each it’s much better. Toney Douglas is a great guy and a great player, he has a lot of experience and we need that kind of player.”

“We played a great game, we needed that win. I’m happy we played well as a team and I hope we continue like that. I’m not concerned about my individual performance, just that the team wins.”